This Week in Fascism #86: Antifascist Shot in Olympia; Republican Caught Posting Fake ‘ANTIFA’ Ads on Craigslist

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By This Week in Fascism

Welcome fellow antifascists!

This week we’ve got massive mix of news, action, and updates. Far-Right ‘Stop the Steal’ rallies continue across the US and in some cases are evolving into anti-mask and anti-lockdown demonstrations. This week, antifascists also mobilized in several cities to confront them. We also have news of a Republican posing as an antifascist on Craigslist, a far-Right organizer being exposed to their neighbors in the bay area, an infamous neo-Nazi troll reappearing in public after being driver underground, lots of doxxes, news analysis, and more!

With so much to discuss, let’s dive in!

News

Antifascist Shot by Trump Supporter in Olympia as “Stop the Steal” Rallies Continue

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Department has charged Christopher Michael Guenzler with 1st and 2nd degree assault after the suspect fired a gun at Saturday’s protest in Olympia, WA, grazing the torso of an antifascist counter-protester. Guenzler is facing up to 45 years in prison.

The right-wing protest, hosted by Republican state representative Vicki Kraft, began as a “Re-Open WA” rally outside of the state capitol. The attendees were protesting Governor Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 business restrictions, as well as the results of the presidential election. Many rally goers held signs alleging mass voter fraud, and demanded audits of the results.

Synced up videos of MAGA Trump supporters assaulting activists today in Olympia Washington.#OlympiaProtest #BlackLivesMatter

📽️ @Claudio_Report @NDpendentPDX pic.twitter.com/o68SSKffy4

— The Activated Podcast (@TheActivatedPod) December 5, 2020

Following the protest at the capital, violent clashes took place in downtown Olympia. Fist fights broke out and Trump supporters attacked antifascists with paintball rounds, flagpoles, and bear mace. Guenzler was filmed and photographed pointing a pistol at counter-demonstrators multiple times earlier in the day.

Turns out he actually hit someone with the bullet https://t.co/T5lfgYp9q1

— Logan (@Logan_1_) December 6, 2020

During one such scuffle, as Trump supporters sprayed clouds of mace at the antifascists and pelted them with paint-balls, Guenzler was filmed pointing and firing his handgun once into the crowd. The police stood by and watched as the violence erupted, apparently making no moves to separate the protesters. Thankfully, the victim was only grazed by the bullet, resulting in a minor wound.

Individual who fired his gun earlier in the day can be seen at the :23 second mark pointing his firearm at protesters. According to an Olympia Police officer, that individual has been arrested & they are currently investigating the shooting. #Washington #Portland #Protest #fight pic.twitter.com/e4LQFPWb79

— Independent Media PDX (@NDpendentPDX) December 6, 2020

“then I looked under my clothes and was like wtf is this shit and turns out I got shot.” 3/3

CW image of the individual’s wound below.

wound: pic.twitter.com/acit4YlWex

— Brian Conley (@BaghdadBrian) December 6, 2020

Christopher Guenzler was identified as the shooter following the incident on Saturday. His “likes” on Facebook included several right-wing, pro-Trump, and firearm themed pages.

The right-wing shooter from Olympia WA today is Christopher Michael Guenzler.

Chris went to school in Port Orchard, Washington. He follows many pro Trump, far right gun, and far right “news” pages on Facebook.
(https://t.co/XBVUEOhFwY) https://t.co/ncBMxIoHGJ pic.twitter.com/FNRi0RT0GJ

— Garrison Davis (@hungrybowtie) December 6, 2020

“Stop the Steal” rallies, many bringing together rank-n-file Trump supporters with white nationalists and groups like the Proud Boys and the Three Percenters, have continued in several major cities across the country. In Salem, Oregon, Trump supporters, conspiracy theorists, and far-Right groups have held demonstrations for weeks, often with full police protection and support against counter-protesters. On Sunday in Salem, an anti-mask protest was also held outside of the home of an OSHA official, showing that the movement in many was has continued to grow and change beyond simply being about Trump. Meanwhile, coronavirus cases have surged by over 20% across Oregon, with rural conservative counties often hit the hardest.

Proud Boys rode into Raleigh with their plates taped up only to be embarrassed and mocked by the community and given 1st class protection by RPD. Joshua Flores’s “private security detail” did nothing but scream hot air into the sky on Saturday😂 https://t.co/BaxxVlfhkg

— Raleigh Antifascists (@oakcityAFA) November 30, 2020

Meanwhile, in Detroit, armed protesters gathered outside the home of Michigan Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson to protest the certification of the election. The crowd chanted “Stop the steal,” and “We want an audit,” alleging that Donald Trump was the rightful winner of the presidency. Despite losing the state by 154,000 votes, Trump has insisted that he won and has continued to boost a barrage of baseless conspiracy theories.

“Dozens of armed individuals” showed up to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s home last night, shouting “Stop The Steal!” pic.twitter.com/rZhPK5hbsv

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) December 7, 2020

In St. Paul, about 300 Trump supporters gathered at the capitol and the governor’s mansion, and antifascists also arrived to counter-protest, inflicting some damage on the right-wingers’ vehicles. In Sacramento this Saturday, where Trump supporters have rallied every weekend since the presidential election, antifascists marched over 100 strong around the capitol and successfully defended their streets, chasing away the protesters.

Lincoln, NE Republican Caught Posting Antifa Hoax on Craigslist 

Investigation finds that, “33-year-old registered Republican,” posted “Craiglist ad claiming to be a member of antifa under the heading “Protesters Needed” to “cause as much chaos and destruction as possible.” https://t.co/bEQd2qsIAa

— It’s Going Down (@IGD_News) December 3, 2020

A 33-year-old registered Republican in Lincoln, Nebraska was caught posting a fraudulent Craigslist ad in which he claimed to be an “ANTIFA” member searching for paid protesters to cause “as much chaos and destruction as possible” in Lincoln and Omaha. The post was clearly a hoax, with one sentence reading, “Basically we want to cause as much chaos and destruction as possible.” Yet, screenshots circulated throughout the right-wing corners of the internet as proof that “radical leftists“ were planning violence, “to help further” ANTIFA’s “agenda.” In Beatrice, NE the chief of police put officers on standby and the hoax caused a panic when the local Chamber of Commerce posted on their Facebook page about the possibility of destructive protests.

This is bullshit and you’re a gullible mark with questionable motives if you believe everything you see on the internet. pic.twitter.com/ux8XJIQaRs

— nebraska antifascists (@antifa_ne) June 1, 2020

The Lancaster County Sherrif’s Department identified the man, but has not released his name. The ad offered protesters $25 each, but since there was no proof that the man paid anyone, law enforcement simply issued a warning and decided against issuing a ticket for disturbing the peace. According to the police, the man acknowledged that he shouldn’t have posted the fake ad and claimed that he didn’t want to cause “any violence or unrest.”

According to Snopes, the post was created, flagged, and removed on June 1st, 2020. Although the listing was taken down quickly, screenshots continued to circulate on social media days later, and very likely convinced thousands of gullible people that “ANTIFA” was paying protesters to cause destruction. Both the far-Right and the Center, with very little evidence, have pushed the conspiracy theory that antifascists were the cause of George Floyd uprising – an attempt to mask the popular Black led uprising that involved tens of millions of people as simply the work of shadowy outsiders; a conspiratorial view that echos anti-Semitic and anti-Black conspiracies of the past several decades.

Far-Right Organizer Lindsay Grathwohl Exposed to Neighbors in Antifascist Flyering Campaign in Bay Area; Gavin Wax in New York

Far-Right organizer Lindsay Grathwohl, a mainstay at far-Right and Trump rallies across the west coast, was exposed in a flyering campaign to her neighbors in San Lorenzo, California. Grathwohl has worked directly with groups such as the Proud Boys, the American Guard, and white nationalists like Kyle “Based Stickman” Chapman, the former leader of the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights (FOAK) who marched in Charlottesville, and the current leader of the Proud Boys’ white nationalist offshot, the Proud Goys.

Lindsay Grathwohl of San Lorenzo continues to demonstrate her affiliations w neo-Nazis. Here she is on the west side of the capitol (11/14) at the “stop the steal” rally with a so far unidentified member of the neo-Nazi group, American Guard.More on Grathwohl in the link below – https://t.co/pFYoSGYszQ pic.twitter.com/R6D20xwCXz

— Antifa Sacramento (@AntifaSac_) November 16, 2020

According to a post on Indybay:

Last week, around 100 flyers were sent to the residents of the San Lorenzo neighborhood where Lindsay Grathwohl lives [in] San Lorenzo, CA. A copy of the safety alert mailed to Grathwohl’s neighbors is attached to this post.

Lindsay Grathwohl has associated with violent fascists and neo-Nazis over the course of her work participating in far-right activism. Events that she has organized in the Bay Area have brought out members of groups responsible for the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA, such as Identity Evropa and the Proud Boys. Grathwohl herself has admitted to engaging in violence at past political rallies.

For more information about Lindsay Grathwohl, check out the attached alert and/or this article by Northern California Anti-Racist Action (NoCARA): https://nocara.blackblogs.org/2018/12/07/golden-state-skinheads-stabbing-perpetrator-and-connections-to-nor-cal-maga-activists-exposed/

Far-Right Organizer Lindsay Grathwohl of San Lorenzo

Meanwhile in New York, antifascists flyered the neighborhood of Gavin Wax, the President of the NYC Young Republican Club, which has organized events with the Proud Boys. Wax has also appeared on Steve Bannon’s War Room and VDARE’s podcast.

Big ups to NYC conrads for keeping the people informed that Gavin Wax is a whiny baby piss boy poopy pants loser.* Lots of people have been stopping to read and take photos of these. Welcome the the neighborhood dork. pic.twitter.com/Nv52Br1ErE

— ALERTA!!!NYC (@ALERTA_NYC) December 6, 2020

A Look Inside the Police Response to the George Floyd Uprising

New investigative reporting from Unicorn Riot exposes the coordination between law enforcement organizations in the Twin Cities following George Floyd’s killing. Documents obtained by UR revealed that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, whose aircraft was seen flying above the cities during the uprising, was re-supplying police with “less lethal” riot munitions. The Department of Natural Resources’ Chief Pilot informed law enforcement on May 30th 2020 that they would receive backup in the form of a semi-truck of cargo, a Kodiak aircraft with a 1600 pound capacity, and another aircraft operated by Bemidji Aviation subsidiary, Encore.

According to Unicorn Riot, the DNR and Bemidji Aviation flew in 9,000 pounds of “munitions and supplies,” including tear gas, sponge and foam bullets, launchers, and other equipment, to suppress the protests at the very beginning of the uprising. Unicorn Riot writes, “It is somewhat rare and enlightening to observe the internal machinations of the law enforcement supply chain, particularly how thousands of pounds of munitions can be quickly called up and quietly flown or driven in to be aimed at a grieving community.”

This glimpse into law enforcement’s response highlights importance of drastically defunding, demilitarizing, and eventually abolishing the police. That 9,000 pounds of munitions and riot control gear were deployed just days into the uprising, following the brutal murder of an innocent man by police, shows that the State will stop at nothing to maintain control, making meaningful reform impossible.

ICE Demands BuzzFeed News Hand Over Sources

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has issued a subpoena to BuzzFeed News demanding that they divulge contact information for their confidential sources, a move legal experts warn undermines freedom of the press and First Amendment protections.

The document reads:

Failure to comply with this summons will render you liable to proceedings in a U.S. District Court to enforce compliance with this summons as well as other sanctions,” the document sent to BuzzFeed News reads. “You are requested not to disclose the existence of this summons for an indefinite period of time. Any such disclosure will impede this investigation and thereby interfere with the enforcement of federal law.

ICE’s extensive record of human rights violations is already well documented, and this latest move is yet another example of egregious government overreach. This is also a continuation of the Trump administration’s longstanding pattern of press intimidation. It is no secret that the far-Right’s professed love of “free speech” is based on manufactured outrage and panic rather than true concern for the freedom of individuals or the press in the face of State authority; this latest example of intimidation further proves that both the State and its far-Right cheerleaders have no concern for the rights and liberties of its political enemies.

Neo-Nazi Gabriel Sohier Chaput aka Zeiger Reappears for Court Appearance

One of the Daily Stormer’s most prolific writers, neo-Nazi Gabriel Sohier Chaput, also known by his pen name Zeiger, has reappeared after disappearing from public life in May of 2018 for a court appearance in late November. No Borders Media documented that Chaput was indeed in court on November 24th, where he faced a charge of “wilful promotion of hatred.” Chaput was driven underground by a large public campaign by antifascists that included doxxing, home demonstrations, and large amounts of public flyering. 

(THREAD) The neo-Nazi Gabriel Sohier Chaput was in court in #Montreal this morning, charged with one count of “wilful promotion of hatred.” Photos: Sohier Chaput outside of court today; and in #Charlottesville, VA in August 2017. #cdnpoli #AntiFascist (1/…) pic.twitter.com/mZm51FYTQV

— No Borders Media (@NoBordersMedia) November 24, 2020

Doxxes

Raymond and Heidi VanBuskirk, Racist Trolls Out of Jamestown, New York

Local Nazis seek attention…and get it. Why do these chuds insist on drawing attention to themselves. Lets meet Jamestown, NY racist weirdos Raymond and Heidi VanBuskirk. @EyesOnTheRight pic.twitter.com/Cp0higbsHF

☠️AnonymousComrade☠️ (@anonymouscommie) December 3, 2020

Antifascist researchers from the Anonymous Comrade Collective identified two Jamestown, New York racists as Raymond and Heidi VanBuskirk. Both Raymond and Heidi fill their social media with racist content including racist memes, nostalgia for Rhodesia, trolling antifasicst twitter accounts and asking people to visit white nationalist websites.

Trexler Donovan, Racist Found Putting Up Nazi Stickers of Livermore, California

We believe that the man arrested in Cali for the Nazi stickering is 19 year old Trexler Donovan of Livermore California https://t.co/nyUARdIQOH pic.twitter.com/d08NGcPkRi

— We Will Be Ruthless (@RuthlessWe) December 3, 2020

On Wednesday, November 25th, Marin County resident Noah Mohan confronted an out of town visitor putting up stickers with swastikas on them around Fairfax. Mohan filmed that interaction which went viral on social media. According to California ABC 7 News, the police were able to identify and detain the bigot, but refused to release his name.

Antifascist researchers We Will Be Ruthless were able to quickly identify the individual as Trexler Donovan of Livermore, California. Nineteen year old Trexler took down all his social media but not before our comrades were able to capture some older photos of him as well as the license plate of the car he was driving. According to Ruthless, stickers are said to have come from Telegram neo-Nazi Chris Pohlhaus, who we previously covered after he was doxxed by Antifa Garfield.

Christopher Carl Young, Proud Boy and Central Valley Militia Member of Galt, California

New from NoCARA and @AntifaSac_ !!!

This Proud Boy’s been telling everyone his name is “Odin” because he doesn’t want to get exposed and lose his job. “Odin” is actually Christopher Carl Young from Galt, CA. Share this! #antifa #AllOutForSac https://t.co/LrfBh8rVHc pic.twitter.com/hjrX24gU55

— Berkeley Antifa (@berkeleyantifa) December 3, 2020

Our comrades from Northern California Anti-Racist Action (NoCARA) in collaboration with Antifa Sacramento have finally identified Proud Boy and Central Valley Militia affiliate Christopher Carl Young aka ‘Odin Young’ of Galt, California in Sacramento County. Young has been a familiar presence at far-Right protests since the summer and has shown up 4 out of the last 5 Saturdays at the Capitol in Sacramento to show support for Trump. According to the NoCARA write-up, “All of these rallies have thus far erupted in violence [with] far-Right bullies attacking the unhoused, minors, and random pedestrians.”

Young’s proximity to neo-Nazis is worth noting as well. He has been pictured with Alicia Peterson, who has worked with the Golden State Skinheads and was also observed singing along to a song written by the fascist neo-Nazi group Mannerbund. The song By God We’ll Have Our Home Again, “was originally featured in the handful of podcasts on the Mannerbund website, which also includes articles and imagery explicitly venerating National Socialism (Nazism).”

Young frequently wears a cowboy hat and a combination of Proud Boy branded clothing and has a Thor’s hammer symbol tattooed on his hand. For more information on Christopher Carl Young, head over to the NoCARA’s blog.

Christian Mathias Forsloft, Neo-Nazi DJ of Burlington, Washington

NEW: Today, we expose Christian “Kris” Mathias Forslof aka “DJ Dark Matter” as a vile neo-Nazi. Kris has been collaborating with a dangerous neo-Nazi in Texas and is strongly suspected of spreading neo-Nazi propaganda in the Bellingham area. Please read: https://t.co/CYtd3B6IfD pic.twitter.com/IRop8QVmwy

— WANaziWatch (@WANaziWatch) December 3, 2020

Antifascist researchers at Washington Nazi Watch have identified Pacific Northwest EDM DJ and Burlington, Washington neo-Nazi as Christian Mathias Forsloft. Forsloft DJ’s under the moniker DJ Dark Matter and has been a staple of the PNW EDM scene since 2014. Christian, who goes by ‘Kris,’ produces songs that reference through his music production company “Blag Frog Productions,” and according to Washington Nazi Watch, “Kris promotes his music through Bandcamp and Spotify. Prior to 2020, Kris’s music was apolitical, but starting in January 2020 his music went from repeating mundane right-wing talking points to espousing all-out race war and white supremacy.”

As of November, Kris has produced music that samples George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party as well as Chris Pohlhaus aka ‘The Hammer.’ You’ll recall that Trexler Donovan who we mentioned above got his swastika stickers from Chris Pohlhaus who he’s been connected to since August 2020. Kris has a Telegram channel titled “Dark Matter Waffen” where he posts overtly racist content and references to Hitler.

You can read the full dox here. Washington Nazi Watch is asking folks to please contact Kris’ employer and kindly ask them if they are aware that Kris is a neo-Nazi who creates music and posts content full of violent, virulent racism.

Contact Kris Employer Here: Cortland Company
You can also use the contact form here.
Phone: (360) 293-8488

Christian Mackey, Feuerkrieg Division (FKD) of Grand Prairie, Texas

Hello cuties! You may have heard today that a German member of the neo-Nazi Feuerkrieg Division (FKD) got convicted today. Well, let’s make the day of former FKD members even worse by saying hi to one of their Texas members, Christian Mackey AKA “Ober the Sober” Hi Christian!
1/ pic.twitter.com/9Cmg5muHLH

— Garfield but Anti-Fascist (@AntifaGarfield) December 4, 2020

Antifa Garfield released the identity of former Iron Youth and Feuerkrieg Division (FKD) member Christian Mackey of Grand Prairie, Texas. FKD was presumably founded in Estonia and was an accelerationist group who were inspired by the infamous Atomwaffen Division here in the United States. FKD exists primarily in online spaces where members share a desire for violence, hatred for Jewish people, Black and Brown pepople, and other minorities. Like AWD, FKD also fantasizes about accelerating the world into a violent civil war from which they can create a white ethno-state. Like members of AWD, members of FKD share an similar idolization for James Mason, who wrote Siege, a collection of neo-Nazi newsletters on accelerationism.

Mackey has a large social media presence where, according to Antifa Garfield, he posts racist, misogynistic and violent content including a love for firearms. Antifa Garfield indicates that though FKD and Iron Youth have disbanded and stopped organizing, that Mackey is still active online in ways that are concerning. Mackey presumably lives with his parents in Grand Prairie and community members should be aware of his presence.

Call to Action

Antifascist mobilizations are called this weekend in Olympia, Washington and Washington DC. Folks in DC are also organizing a call-in campaign.

OLYMPIA, WA

After the fascist riot last weekend we need a large turnout to keep our oly comrades safe, get down to olympia next saturday! #seattleprotests #olympiaprotests pic.twitter.com/iiQr6rJwf3

— Youth Liberation Front Seattle Division (@seattleYLF) December 7, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC

UPDATE: One of the main Trumpist groups is now telling their people to stay at the hotels listed on this graphic. Can you give these new hotels a call today? Same script as before. @jwmarriottdc @grandhyattdc @holidayinn @CrownePlaza #DefendDC https://t.co/99RolQ7HhZ pic.twitter.com/l6d3rJYXeX

— ShutDownDC (@ShutDown_DC) December 5, 2020

Nazis are losers, come out and #DefendDC from white supremacist terror

December 11th and 12 https://t.co/rLSY6AGGJL pic.twitter.com/lLnrrQS9cP

— All Out DC (@All_Out_DC) December 1, 2020

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  • Support Gage Halupowski! Currently serving a six year sentence. There is currently an outbreak at his prison, so please step up and support! More info here.
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Prison Break: Cracks Beneath the Ice

By Certain Days

Much has happened in the last month: Nobel laureates and interfaith leaders have called for the release of political prisoner David Gilbert (also a fellow Certain Days collective member);  New Jersey released 2,258 prisoners in one day (with many being detained by ICE shortly thereafter); and the U.S. voted for the author of the draconian 1994 Crime Bill and his sidekick super-cop. New York Governor Cuomo continues to deny freedom and safety for those locked in New York prisons and jails, as Trump accelerates Federal executions, with several scheduled for his remaining weeks in office.

In mid-November it was announced that longtime political prisoner and respected elder Russell Maroon Shoatz, who is currently suffering from stage 4 cancer, tested positive for COVID-19. On November 25, we learned that political prisoner Dr. Mutulu Shakur has also tested positive for COVID-19. And on November 26, word spread that political prisoner Eric King and his cellmate have also tested positive for the virus. Fellow longtime Black liberation political prisoner Ed Poindexter, who at 75 years old is at high-risk for COVID-19, is on a wait-list for commutation applicants.

Meanwhile, recently released Black liberation political prisoner Jalil Muntaqim has been released on his own recognizance after being arrested for trying to vote in Rochester, NY. Grand Jury proceedings were postponed in early-November, and Muntaqim, who is recovering from COVID-19, continues to fight for his freedom. Muntaqim was recently issued a voting pardon, restoring his right to vote (subsequently denied by Governor Cuomo), though it is uncertain what this means in terms of his ongoing case.

It’s December, which means you’ll be flipping your 2020 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar for the last time. Don’t worry, the new 2021 calendars—our 20th edition—are now available around the globe. And they make amazing holiday gifts! The art for December is by Brooklyn activist and calendar friend, teev, a beautiful rendition of a well known Assata Shakur quote (“A wall is just a wall / And nothing more at all / It can be broken down”). The essay for the month, by No New Jails NYC, discusses why building new jails to replace a to-be-closed Rikers Island is not the answer.

Here’s a look at what happened in November and what’s ahead in December.

Political Prisoner Birthdays

There are three political prisoner birthdays in December, so this would be a great time to throw an online prisoner letter-writing party! With the holidays fast approaching this is also a great time to send holiday cards/notes to those locked away. The personal touch of a birthday card means so much to those inside, so write a letter, and show your solidarity with those fighting for a better world. Remember that prisoners at Federal prisons (USPs and FCIs) cannot receive cards, colored paper, or colored ink.

December 4

Reality Winner, #22056-021
FMC Carswell
PO Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127

December 15

Fred Burton*, #AF3896
Smart Communications / PA DOC
SCI Somerset
PO Box 33028
St. Petersburg, FL 33733
*Address envelope to Fred, letter to Muhammad.

December 30

Casey Brezik, #1154765
Western Missouri Correctional Center
609 E. Pence Rd.
Cameron, MO 64429

Releases

NATO 3 political prisoner Jay Chase was released from prison on November 6 after serving over 8 years in prison. He is now back in Chicago and supporters are trying to get him the medical care and insurance he needs. For now, there is a need to bridge the gap on expenses until insurance kicks in. You can contribute here. Welcome home, Jay!

Jay Chase of the NATO3 Is free! https://t.co/KQ9553zHzQ

— Chicago Commune (@chicago_commune) November 7, 2020

Hacktivist political prisoner Jeremy Hammond was released from prison to a halfway house on November 17. He was convicted in 2012 for allegedly disclosing information about a private security firm, and also spent time imprisoned as a Grand Jury Resistor in investigations surrounding WikiLeaks. Learn more about Jeremy and offer support here. Welcome home, Jeremy!

Jeremy Hammond has been released!

Parole

Longtime political prisoner and Black Liberation soldier Sundiata Acoli was denied parole yet again in mid-November. Acoli, 83 years old, was arrested in 1973 with Assata Shakur and has been imprisoned ever since. In what is essentially a death sentence, the 3-member parole board gave Acoli an extended hit, meaning he may not be seen by the parole board again for 10 or more years.

Just a reminder. Russell Shoatz is still Covid positive, being denied surgery.

Please keep applying pressure to @governortomwolf

Russell Shoatz’s inmate number: AF-3855

Ways to contact Tom Wolf:
(717) 787-2500https://t.co/rVZwUVUz97

Gofundme: https://t.co/sc3lQGarxH pic.twitter.com/Sg6bOweqSa

— Russell Maroon Shoatz FreedomFighterExtraordinaire (@RussellMShoatz) November 30, 2020

Transfers

If you correspond with Kojo Bomani Sababu, note his address change as USP Canaan has shifted to a privatized mail service.

Kojo Bomani Sababu* #39384-066
USP Canaan
Smart Communications
PO Box 30
Pinellas Park, FL  33781
*Address envelope to Grailing Brown.

Ongoing Cases

Eric King’s mail ban has been lifted and his support crew is encouraging people to write to him. More info can be found here.

Eric King’s mail restriction, which has prevented him from receiving mail from anyone other than his wife, has now been lifted FOR NOW. Now would be a great time to write him and show him some love.
Eric King #27090-045
FCI Englewood
9595 West Quincy Avenue
Littleton, CO 80123 pic.twitter.com/23xHW7uVJ3

— Support_Eric_King (@SupportEricKing) November 30, 2020

As noted last month, Patrick O’Neill of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 was sentenced to 14 months in prison in mid-October, the second of the Catholic anti-nuclear defendants to be sentenced for nonviolent actions that occurred in April 2018 at the Kings Bay Naval Base in Georgia. Codefendants Martha Hennessy, Carmen Trotta, and Clare Grady were just issued 10-12 month sentences, and co-defendant Mark Colville is expected to be sentenced later this month. Codefendants Elizabeth McAlister and Father Steve Kelley have been languishing in jail for over a year. All are undergoing harsh state violence due to their principled nonviolent resistance.

Fundraising

  • Red Fawn Fallis (recently released to halfway house after being imprisoned for Indigenous resistance at Standing Rock.)
  • Eric King (vegan anarchist political prisoner fighting additional charges carrying 20 more years; donations go to Eric’s lawyer and should be noted as “for Eric King defense.”)
  • Chuck Africa (recently released MOVE 9 political prisoner receiving medical care for cancer.)

In Case You Missed It

  • If you haven’t already, check out Dave Zirin’s latest piece on why Colin Kaepernick’s recent support for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal is so important right now.
  • San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin calls for the release of his imprisoned father, political prisoner David Gilbert.
  • In mid-November the Philadelphia City Council voted to formally apologize for the 1985 city bombing of MOVE, which killed 11 people and destroyed 61 homes. MOVE survivor Ramona Africa is featured in a new VICE video about the bombing.
  • Don’t miss this piece in Harper’s about the challenges we prison industrial complex abolitionists face post-election.
  • This new piece examines the radical takeover of a decrepit New York hospital and created Lincoln Detox and used Eastern medicine to meet the needs of the local residents.
  • Kaity Baril’s latest piece for ALC Court Watch details the violent evolution of police militarization against communities around the country.
  • A recent interview with George Ciccariello-Maher examines the ongoing confrontations in Philadelphia following the police murder of Walter Wallace Jr.
  • Victoria Law’s recent article looks at California Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent Transgender Respect, Agency and Dignity Act and how it fails to protect trans prisoners across the state.
  •  Don’t miss Susie Day’s latest interview with former political prisoners Eddie Conway and Jose Saldana about their continued resistance both inside and outside prison walls.
  • Check out this detailed history of H. Bruce Franklin, the Venceremos, the SLA, and a revolution gone wrong.

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This Week In Fascism: Proud Boys Call to “Exterminate” Their Enemies As “Stop the Steal” Coalition Faces Growing Pains

By This Week in Fascism

Welcome fellow antifascists!

We start off this week’s column by looking at the evolving far-Right coalition that is evolving out of the ‘Stop the Steal’ rallies which is bringing together Proud Boys, militias, and Trump supporters. We then look at repression of housing activists in Southern California, a massive State attack on white power prison gangs, and doxxing waves against MyMilitia, and various neo-Nazi networks. With antifascist activity heating up again on the streets, we hope that this column remains an indispensable resources for those on the front lines of combating far-Right and racist violence. With that in mind, we encourage people to sign up to donate to our crowd-funding campaign here.

Enough talk, let’s dive into it!

News

“Stop The Steal” Protests Continue While Attendance Drops; Proud Boys Threaten Counter-Protesters in Raleigh, NC with “Extermination”

Trump supporters, COVID truthers, QAnon followers, and neo-Confederates staged a “Stop the Steal” protest in Raleigh, NC at the governor’s mansion this Saturday. Organized by Joshua Flores of Stop the Steal NC and Latinos for Freedom, the rally was promoted by Re-Open NC and featured 50 Proud Boys as “private security” for the event. Billed as a family friendly Thanksgiving potluck, Flores asked protesters to refrain from engaging with counter-protesters and swearing, claiming that the Proud Boys would force people out of the rally if they broke the rules.

Upon reviewing some footage, I noticed that Adam Smith (who later threatened to kill me) made a hand gesture miming shooting me.

You can also see that Proud Boy Jeremy Bertino was once again wearing an RWDS (right wing death squad) patch. pic.twitter.com/OeANr2jrJk

— Lindsay Ayling (@AylingLindsay) November 28, 2020

Unsurprisingly, the hate group members in attendance were the first to taunt and threaten protesters. A Proud Boy named Jeremy Bertino yelled, “Your side will lose. We will exterminate you like the rats you are…. Exterminate you!” In the lead up to the event, Bertino also posted on social media harassing and mocking a local antifascist, making sexist comments and violent jokes. Protesters wore patches that read “SBSB,” a reference to Trumps orders to the Proud Boys to “Stand back and stand by,” and “RWDS,” which stands for,”Right Wing Death Squad.”

🖤A thread about today’s United Front counter demo in #StPaul #Minnesota🖤
Today’s counter demonstration at the Governor’s Mansion was a success! The #TwinCities came out & let the far right know we won’t let em take our streets without a challenge!
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— 𝗠𝗡 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗔𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀𝘁 𝗙𝗮𝘀𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗺🏴 (@MNUnitedAF) November 28, 2020

Many other Stop the Steal rallies took place in cities across the country, including Sacramento, CA, Chicago, IL, Lansing, MI, St. Paul, MN, Denver, CO, and Phoenix, AZ. In several of these cities, antifascists and anti-racist groups organized counter-demonstrations. In places like Sacramento, for weeks Proud Boys have been taking to the streets to march around the downtown capitol in a search for victims to beat and attack.

The near-daily “stop the steal” rallies keep happening, but if these are the photos organizers are sharing, doesn’t seem like many people are showing up. pic.twitter.com/bRizOiyIiJ

— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) November 29, 2020

​​​Proud Boys and white nationalist “Groypers” remain a key contingent within these mobilizations. In many cities, Proud Boys have been welcomed with open arms as event security. Following the certification of Arizona’s presidential election results on November 30th, right-wingers gathered outside of the Arizona Republic building to allege that Democrats had stolen the presidency. Unite the Right marcher and Groyper leader Nick Fuentes spoke at the event, as did Fuentes cheerleader Michelle Malkin.

“These rallies are the American people rising up” Nick Fuentes speaking at the Arizona Stop the Steal rally this morning #Arizona #Phoenix #Election2020 pic.twitter.com/eECGWzNyjL

— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) November 30, 2020

While numbers at these rallies has been dropping, they have also attempted to rebrand themselves in real time, switching from just being about Trump to re-focusing on opposing COVID-19 lock-down measures. In short, the far-Right is building a coalition that will continue to feature them front and center long after Biden has been inaugurated.

According to Raw Story:

The coalition of Trump supporters behind the “Million MAGA March” last month is already collapsing amid bitter internal feuds, according to a new report from The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer.

According to Sommer, the major feud has been between Trump-loving right-wing operative Ali Alexander and Women for America First, the Trump-supporting organization that actually organized the Million MAGA March.

Things have gotten so heated that convicted felon and Trump confidant Roger Stone recently wrote a blog post in which he urged Million MAGA March organizers to stop the infighting and stay focused on overturning the 2020 election.

Currently, mobilizations against far-Right rallies in Sacramento and DC are being organized.

Feds Arrest Over 100 Neo-Nazis Affiliated with the “Fresnecks” and Aryan Brotherhood

After a year-long federal and local investigation called “Operation Lucky Charm,” over 100 white supremacists in the gang the “Fresnecks” have been arrested. The Fresnecks worked alongside incarcerated Aryan Brotherhood members to traffic firearms and drugs across multiple states. They are also accused of violent crimes such as kidnappings, murders, home invasions, and identity theft. The fresnecks smuggled drugs and phones into prisons and plotted assassinations, trafficking, even linked to violent crimes in Alabama, Missouri, Idaho, and Montana.

According to the Deparment of Justice, more than 60 people were arrested in California, Montana, and Nevada last Thursday for their ties to these groups. Authorities seized several firearms, large amounts of meth and heroin, and $136,000 in cash. The Department of Justice states that at least eleven planned acts of violence have been prevented by the arrests.

The Aryan Brotherhood is a notorious white supremacist gang with a presence in most major prisons, originally formed in San Quentin in 1964. Recruits are required to attack or murder rival gang members in order to join. By the ’70s, the organization had spread throughout the California prison system and several leaders had been sent to federal prison, causing a split into a state AB branch and a federal branch. Today, there are estimated to be 20,000 AB members in total, both in prisons and on the streets. Despite accounting for only 1% of the prison population, the AB was estimated to be responsible for 18% of all prison murders. While white supremacist ideology is secondary to criminal activity within the gang, members are required to uphold the “moral principles” of the “Elite White Aryan Race” and believe in “the racial purity of the white race.”

California Highway Patrol Forcibly Evict Homeless Protesters from Vacant Homes on Thanksgiving

Houseless families with Reclaim & Rebuild Our Community were forced out of several Caltrans-owned houses in El Sereno this week. Beginning on Wednesday night and continuing through Thanksgiving, California Highway Patrol arrested 62 people, including 21 unhoused people who were taking refuge inside the empty homes. These individuals were charged with trespassing and burglary, then released. The other 41 people arrested were part of a large group of activists who gathered at the scene to block the evictions, forming lines in front of the homes to obstruct the police.

Live: CHP officers in riot gear hogtie the defenders one-by-one, carrying them away to waiting vans.

Protesters facing off against police in El Sereno, California. 1:05am LA timepic.twitter.com/3Paw69dRz8

✨Sk Boz✨ (@skkboz) November 27, 2020

In a press release published before the action, RROC stated:

We, a group of houseless activists and families, are taking this situation into our own hands… The system has failed all of us — especially communities of color by creating this housing crisis which has worsened with COVID and the economic crisis… In the midst of this multiple layered crisis, the governments are holding on to thousands of buildings… that should be used for affordable housing.

Police advanced with an intense level of aggression, attacking lines of protesters with batons, breaking down doors with battering rams, pointing assault rifles through the windows at the families and children inside, and dragging people from the homes. People were hogtied and carried into police vans. According to organizer Ricci Sergienko, the evictions took place starting on the evening before Thanksgiving so that the CHP officers would receive overtime pay for forcing the families back out into the streets.

California Highway Patrol using a battering ram to knock down the door so they can evict a family.

Cops aiming assault rifles at small children through the windows.

Just in time for Thanksgiving. This is what @GavinNewsom stands for. pic.twitter.com/rREOJGIyyJ

— Chad Loder (@chadloder) November 26, 2020

These empty homes in El Sereno came under Caltrans ownership as part of the agency’s plans to extend the 710 freeway. In total, Caltrans acquired 460 homes for the expansion project using tax payer money or through eminent domain, beginning in the 1950s. Many of the Caltrans properties remain unoccupied, and according to Pasadena Star News, the amount of empty houses in Pasadena, South Pasadena, and El Sereno have increased by 150% since 2013.

If you have the means, please support Reclaim & Rebuild Our Community by donating to their GoFundMe.

B is 17 years old. This afternoon, she gave me a tour of the home that was reclaimed for her and her mother. She told me how excited she was to have her own bedroom for the first time in her life. CHP just knocked down her front door, and currently have her hogtied in the street pic.twitter.com/lur89Y8tUA

— Cerise Castle (@cerisecastle) November 26, 2020

Doxxes

MyMilitia Illinois Members Master Dox

We, +indispensable help from #chicago frens, wrote this mega-dox of #MyMilitia members, particularly leader of IL WTP III% Patriot Militia, ILSL (not ‘incel’ but close!) & IL Roll Call, coming up w 18 IDs of folks willing to take up arms against neighborshttps://t.co/DtZLUN09SW pic.twitter.com/MUQaVY7g7j

— Panic! in the Discord (@discord__panic) November 26, 2020

Our comrades over at Panic! In the Discord in collaboration with Chicago AFA, Shield Wall Chicago, John Belushi Antifa and Anne Frank’s Army released a master dox of militia members from MyMilitia.com. According to Vice, MyMilitia was “First registered in 2016 with GoDaddy, the site was sold in April to Josh Ellis, who runs a business repairing water damage and mold in Naperville, Illinois, and also founded “American Revolution 2.0,” which helped coordinate anti-lockdown protests nationwide.” MyMilitia bills itself as “An American Patriot Network” and serves to connect anti-government fanatics, anti-maskers, ReOpen protesters, QAnon followers, Boogaloo Boys, and other members of the far-right. The site has proven to be a hotbed for coordinating violence toward the Left, and specifically Black Lives Matter and antifascist protesters.

Members of already established militias such as the Oath Keepers and III% Militia also utilize the site to radicalize and recruit new members. These larger militias have been linked to violence all over the country, including the plot to kidnap the Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer. Leading up the the election, MyMilitia members discussed and traded conspiracy theories where antifa sleeper cells were destroying votes and rigging the election. Some member reel in the more outlandish hoaxes, others stoke the fire and embolden each other to take up arms and commit acts of violence in what they perceive to be a impending civil war.

Panic’s most recent master dox lists the identities of many MyMilitia members from Illinois groups like We The People III% Militia, Illinois Sons of Liberty and the entry pool for My Militia, called “Roll Call.” We’re going to highlight a few of them here:

  • Paul Jepsen, Illinois We The People III% Patriot Militia Leader from West Chicago, Illinois
    • Paul Jepsen aka Jdog82 is a 28 year old former Marine Mortarman. He currently resides in West Chicago and drives for Uber. Paul writes fan fiction that is rife with misogyny making him the perfect fit for the far-right. Paul’s identity was confirmed by connecting his MyMilitia username to his paypal and youtube accounts, and then finally, to his Facebook profile – which should serve as a lesson in reusing usernames across multiple platforms.
  • Richard C. Fischer, Illinois Son’s of Liberty Member of Spring Grove, Illinois
    • Richard Fischer, 54 Spring Grove resident and member of the Illinois Son’s of Liberty Militia uses his social media to espouse his violent fantasies of hunting antifascist and anti-police protesters.

These are just two of the many, many MyMilitia users and it is absolutely worth heading over to the blog for the full list.

Wittlinger Bates, Neo-Nazi from Honeoye Falls, New York

Between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, neo-Nazis under the leadership of Christopher Pohlhaus carried out coordinated banner drops and a campaign of online harrassment.

One of the neo-Nazi participants has been identified as a high school Jr. at @HFLHS pic.twitter.com/0CUhC7e3BR

— We Will Be Ruthless (@RuthlessWe) November 27, 2020

Sometime last Wednesday night, or early Thursday morning, Honeoye Falls-Lima High School junior, Wittlinger Bates took part in a coordinated banner drop and a campaign of online harassment with a group of neo-Nazis in Honeyoye Falls, New York under the direction of Christopher Polhaus (who we’ve reported on in past editions of this column.) Chris Polhaus aka “The Hammer” of San Antonio, Texas has been using Telegram and Protonmail to connect with, radicalize and recruit members. The content on his Telegram channel is violent and openly anti-Semitic.

Heyo! You may have been hearing a lot the last few days about Christopher Alan Pohlhaus, a Texas neo-Nazi who has been selling neo-Nazi merch and orchestrating neo-Nazi propaganda incidents. Well lucky for Chris we found his Cashapp which he has been using to fundraise!!!
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— Garfield but Anti-Fascist (@AntifaGarfield) December 1, 2020

It’s likely that Polhaus met Bates through this channel, which is where the bulk of communications occur. It was during this campaign of online harassment that Bates showed up in antifascist researcher We Will Be Ruthless‘ Twitter mentions. They traced Bates’ profile to Bates Farm, presumably a family enterprise. Antifacist activist Antifascista Siempre reached out to let Witt’s parents know their son is part of a neo-Nazi group, and the response they received was full of vitriol toward antifa. Closely following the exchange with Bates Farm, they received a threatening text message and voicemail stating “the day of the rope is upon us” that included a racial slur. The “Day of the Rope” is a reference to William Pierce’s dystopic novel The Turner Diaries, a work of fiction that has been glorified by neo-Nazis and served as the inspiration for the Oklahoma City bombing.

But it wasn’t over yet. @AntifascistF12 recieved a text from a different phone number after the exchange with the one associated with “Bates Farm” pic.twitter.com/XooAbFVS86

— We Will Be Ruthless (@RuthlessWe) November 27, 2020

We don’t typically get a lot of doxxes of minors, and that’s because we make every possible effort to reach out to trusted adults in the lives of these young people in hopes that their families can step in and disrupt their pivot into far-Right politics. In some cases, such as this one, the family may be just as complicit. At this point, given the fact that Witt’s actions have moved from online to real-life spaces, we feel that he poses a threat to the community and therefore the community deserves to know who this person is so they can avoid him and protect themselves.

Doghead Division, Texas

Hello Texas friends, we want to let you know about Doghead Division(formerly “Cult of the Doghead”), a fascist group actively trying to radicalize members of the police and the military.https://t.co/PYTIYdzcDX pic.twitter.com/F3EupRJWt6

— Corvallis Against Fascism (@CVAgainstFash) November 30, 2020

Corvallis Antifascists came through with a major dox this week in the form of an esotheric neo-Nazi group calling themselves Doghead Division. Like similar groups such as Operation Werewolf (a feeder group for the neo-fascist organization Wolves of Vinland), Doghead Division uses personal growth and health as a way to recruit former military and police into their neo-Nazi cult. Formerly know as the Cult of Doghead, Doghead Division’s website is filled with fascist propaganda including images of bloodsplattered sonnenrad, a symbol that’s widely used in neo-Nazi circles and imagery. According to Jason Wilson, who wrote an article on the sonnenrad for The Guardian, “…Heinrich Himmler, the head of Hitler’s SS, ordered a sonnenrad floor mosaic to be installed in the castle at Wewelsburg when he was remodeling it to serve as an organizational and spiritual headquarters of the Nazi paramilitary group…”

In their blog, Corvallis Antifascists state, “Doghead Division’s online presence is equal parts self-help blog and fascist radicalizing tool. The articles alternate between sanctimonious parables about self-improvement, and gratuitous fetishization of violent masculinity. They combine this with violent imagery and fascist symbolism.” Like other cult’s, a common tactic is to recruit people based on a model of self-help or self-improvement. This is true for most far-right recruitment as well. It is especially dangerous that Doghead Divisions primary recruiting pool is former military, as it’s clear they are looking for people with combat experience and training.

Let’s look at a few of Doghead Divisions members:

  • Nolan Annett, Leader of Doghead Division
  • Sean Tahtinen, Creates Artwork for Doghead Division
    • Sean, who sometimes goes by the alias “Verwulf Tyrant” is a member of Operation Werewolf, produces DHD’s artwork and has a history of violence including breaking into a woman’s home and threatening to kill her in 2015. Sean is a resident of Pueblo, Colorado. According to Corvallis Antifascists, “Sean and his partner, Kandace Robinson,  are the primary organizers behind Black Sun Sect, a Rural Militant Farm in Pueblo, Colorado.”
  • Steven Bitzko aka “Bitzkreig”

For a more thorough write-up of this group, please head over to the Corvallis Antifascist blog post. From their report:

It is unsurprising to us that a DHS employee is involved in fascist organizing. Since its inception, the agency has been tasked with enforcing structural white supremacy. Through its various agencies, DHS has been responsible for constant violence towards marginalized people. In the last several years, the agency has issued straight up neo-Nazi dog whistles in their press releases. The fact that they employ fascist organizers is just more proof of the department’s total and complete corruption.

Steven Bitzko aka “Bitzkreig” reporting to work at the Department of Homeland Secruity

Chad Rafdal, Blooming Prairie, Minnesota

Chad has been attending far right rallies and associating with racists & not wearing a mask (ignoring the pandemic) which could put his coworkers and others at risk. we’re asking for everyone to call his job and ask them if they are ok with employing him?
507-334-7400 unity house https://t.co/2EJSaU92vB

— 𝗠𝗡 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗔𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀𝘁 𝗙𝗮𝘀𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗺🏴 (@MNUnitedAF) November 30, 2020

On November 28th, fascists showed out in St. Paul, Minnesota for a rally that was met by antifascist and leftist counter demonstrators. Our comrades Minnesota United Against Fascism wrote an excellent thread reporting back on the action. They were also able to identify a previously unknown member of the group who up until recently, was referred to as “Redbeard.” Thanks to the tireless efforts of our Minnesota comrades, we are able to put a name to the face. Chad Rafdal was involved in the rally that brought together militia members, Proud Boys and other members of the far-right.

According to MN United Against Fascism, Chad has been a familiar face at St. Paul rallies recently, in support of Proud Boys and the III% Militia. Our comrades indicate, “Chad has been attending far-Right rallies and associating with racists & not wearing a mask (ignoring the pandemic) which could put his co-workers and others at risk.”

According to a screenshot of Chad’s Facebook, it’s indicated that he works for McNeilus Trucking. MN United Against Fascism are asking folks to kindly reach out to his employers and ask them if they are aware that their employee fraternizes with anti-maskers, COVID-Truthers, and members of the far-Right street gang, the Proud Boys.

Contact McNeilus Trucking here.

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This Week In Fascism #84: This Is What is Sounds Like, When Chuds Cry

By This Week in Fascism

Welcome fellow antifascists!

This week we have updates from the antifascist front-lines, Trump hiring white nationalists on his way out the door, a Proud Boy troll being outed at North Carolina State University after doxxing community members, Trump’s legal team attempting to connect ‘ANTIFA” with conspiracy theories surrounding the election, Sheriff Clarke urging Proud Boys to attack Black Lives Matter and much more!

There’s a lot to cover – so let’s dive in!

News

Antifascists Face Down Proud Boys and Groypers in Atlanta and Sacramento

In Atlanta, anti-racist and antifascist groups mobilized against a “Stop the Steal” rally featuring far-Right militias, white nationalist Groypers, and the far-Right street gang, the Proud Boys.

Shields out from the protesters in black bloc outside Atlanta City Hall #Atlanta #Georgia #AtlantaProtests pic.twitter.com/qnGGPrOxGC

— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) November 21, 2020

In Sacramento, clashes broke out between Proud Boys and Trump supporters at another rally at the state capitol and antifascist and anti-racist groups. Several folks were arrested – please donate to help them here.

50+ Proud Boys & other assorted members of the “stop the steal” MAGA rally have arrived at Cesar Chavez park which is a common gathering place for houseless folks. CC park has also become a gathering place for anti-racists/ BLM contingents since the George Flod uprising! https://t.co/JVB3tMzQy1

— Antifa Sacramento (@AntifaSac_) November 21, 2020

Trump White House Appoints Two White Nationalists to Government Positions

The White House has appointed two white nationalists to government roles since Trump’s loss in the presidential election earlier this month. The first appointee, Darren Beattie, was picked for the Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad, has been tasked with preserving sites related to the Holocaust. This decision drew sharp criticism from Jewish groups including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), who asked the administration to rescind the appointment. Beattie was previously fired as a White House speech writer in 2018 after it came to light that he had attended a white nationalist gathering two years prior, where he appeared on a panel alongside viciously racist VDare founder Peter Brimelow. ​​​​​​​After being fired from the White House, Beattie was then hired as a speech writing consultant by Trumpian and far-Right connected Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz.

A week ago, Darren Beattie tweeted this thinly veiled disguise for the N-word.

Today, President Trump appointed him to an agency that oversees Holocaust memorials.

Beattie will almost certainly deny his tweet was racist. But it’s easy enough to see the game he’s playing. https://t.co/vsGrgkKGPa pic.twitter.com/JwIxDaLxr9

— Nick Martin (@nickmartin) November 19, 2020

The annual H.L. Mencken Club conference Beattie attended in 2016 also featured John Derbyshire and Robert Weissberg, both fired from the National Review for being too racist. White nationalist Jared Taylor of American Renaissance was in attendance along with Alt-Right leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute (NPI), who had also been a featured speaker at previous events. Since then, Beattie has enthusiastically retweeted and promoted white nationalist and Unite the Right marcher, Nick Fuentes, leader of the Alt-Right 2.0 Groypers current.

Pat Buchanan, Paul Gotfried, and Richard Spencer at M.L. Mencken Club event. SOURCE: IREHR

The administration also appointed Jason Richwine as deputy undersecretary of commerce for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Richwine, a proponent of using IQ test results to limit immigration into the country, was ousted from the Heritage Foundation in 2013 after publishing an anti-immigrant study titled, “The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer,” that was widely criticized, even by conservatives. In his Harvard dissertation, Richwine wrote that Latinx people have lower IQs than white people, and argued that only those with high IQs should be admited into the United States to deter “underclass behavior.” He wrote two articles for AlternativeRight.com, founded by Richard Spencer, and helped author reports published by SPLC-designated hate organization Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a Nativist think-tank.

As Christopher Mathias wrote for the Huffington Post, Richwine, like most Trump administration appointees, will be expected to submit a resignation letter when Biden takes office. Beattie, however, is set to serve a three year term if his appointment isn’t rescinded.

Trump’s Legal Team Hosts Press Conference Alleging Mass Voter Fraud; Venezuelan and Chinese Influence in US Election

On Thursday November 19th Doland Trump’s legal team, led by Rudy Guliani, held a roughly 90-minute press conference alleging that the results of the 2020 presidential election were illegitimate. “[The American people] elected Donald Trump,” stated Guliani, “They didn’t elect Joe Biden.” During this briefing, Guliani, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis claimed that large swaths of ballots counted after election night were illegal. They attacked the media for failing to report on the supposed scandal, asserted they had identified and confirmed enough illegal ballots to overturn the results of the election, and cited Venezuela, China, and George Soros as bad actors in the alleged fraud. ​​​​​​​According to Guliani, “We use largely a Venezuelan voting machine, in essence, to count our votes. If we let this happen, we’re gonna become Venezuela. We can’t let this happen to us. We cannot let these crooks…steal an election from the American people.”

Sidney Powell took the mic to claim that large amounts of ballots are counted outside of the country by a company called Dominion, which “specializes in voter fraud.” She also claimed that the voting software used in several states was designed in Venezuela to enable Hugo Chavez to steal the election, that our voting machines were rigged to flip votes from Trump to Biden, and that George Soros associates were tied to Dominion. Powell even repeated a baseless conspiracy theory promoted by Michelle Malkin stating that a Smartmatic patent holder named Eric Coomer was recorded on a call with “ANTIFA,” saying that he had rigged the election for Joe Biden. Jenna Ellis took the stage briefly to preemptively scold the press for criticizing the team’s lack of evidence, before Rudy Guliani returned to suggest, disturbingly, that we need another national intelligence agency instead of the FBI in order to solve the alleged corruption. After the press conference, the White House attempted to distance themselves from Powell, who is a long time Qanon supporter.

FBI Data Shows 2019 Was The Deadliest Year For Hate Crimes On Record

On Monday, November 16th, the FBI released a report that shows hate crimes in 2019 were the highest they’ve been since 2008. The FBI defines hate crimes as crimes motivated by bias about race, color, sexual orientation, religion, gender expression, disability, or national origin. The data is collected by law enforcement agencies who volunteer it, which creates inherent problems with this method of collection such as police not accurately reporting or identifying hate crimes or, as we’ve seen, law enforcement agencies outright lying. According to the Huffington Post, “About 86% of law enforcement agencies that sent their hate crime statistics to the FBI in 2019 reported they’d seen no hate crimes in their jurisdictions.”

The picture provided by the FBI is horrifying and much worse than the report indicates. That said, there are some statistics that are certainly worth mentioning. In 2019:

  • 51 people lost their lives to hate crimes – 112% increase from 2018
  • 58% of hate crime victims were targeted because of race or ethnicity; half of those targeted were Black
  • 14% increase in anti-Jewish hate crimes
  • Anti-Hispanic hate crimes increased by 9%
  • Gender identity-based hate crimes increased by 19%
  • The data shows a total of 7,314 hate crimes reported last year, a 2.7% increase from the year before

In the same article, Brian Levin, the executive director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at CSU San Bernadino states, “We’ve seen a terrible increase in homicides,” adding that there “seems to be a shift where extremism has become much more of a do-it-yourself operation.” Levin goes on to assert that, “‘Lone assailants,’ are being radicalized in a “subculture where this kind of directed violence is becoming legitimized.’ This type of terrorism has a name. It’s called stochastic terrorism, and places like Facebook, Telegram, and Parler are hotbeds for it. Stochastic terrorism relies on mass communications to motivate individuals into acts of violence.

On this week’s ‘This Week in Fascism,’ we expand on the Alt-Right and ‘Stochastic Terrorism,’ or the use of social media and beyond to provoke racist and fascist violence which is aimed at the public, calls to action + solidarity, doxxes, and much more! https://t.co/XTGtbvEzcm pic.twitter.com/krqEAyO6Ak

— It’s Going Down (@IGD_News) May 13, 2019

Antifascists have been tracking and disrupting stochastic terror networks like Attomwaffen Division, The Base, Feuerkrieg Division and other accelerationist groups who rely on stochastic violence to move the state into civil war against the people by collapsing democracy. The idea behind stochastic terrorism, as we wrote back in This Week in Fascism #9:

Mark Hamm and Ramon Spaaij’s The Age of the Lone Wolf Terrorism defines “stochastic terrorism” as “the use of mass media to provoke random acts of ideologically motivated violence that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable.”

The combination of Donald Trump’s open acceptance of white nationalist groups; local, state and federal inaction to hold law enforcement agencies accountable for their atrocities; and big tech companies looking the other way when it comes to hate speech on their platforms provides fertile ground for those who wish to cause harm to marginalized communities. As ignored and under-reported as hate crimes are, our political climate almost guarantees we will watch instances continue to occur with impunity.

Former Milwaukee County Sheriff Calls for Proud Boys to Go After Black Lives Matter

Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke announced to a crowd of Trump supporters on November 16th that Wisconsin should have a Proud Boys chapter, “because they’re the only ones with the courage to get in the face of Black Lives Matter.” The Defend Your Vote rally was organized by the Republican Party of Milwaukee County, took place at Serb Hall in Milwaukee. Shortly after Clarke’s comments, the city of Milkwaukee’s Health Department shut down the rally for violating health code, social distancing and mask rules and fined the owners of Serb Hall $2,000 for those violations.

Before getting cut off, Clarke stated the Proud Boys are: “Pro-free speech, pro-gun rights, glorifying the entrepreneur, venerating the housewife, reinstating the spirit of western chauvinism, that’s what the Proud Boys stand for.”

The Proud Boys are an SPLC-designated hate group and pro-Trump street gang who have a history of extreme violence and bigotry. Thanks to Trump’s considerable support for the Proud Boys and other white nationalist and far-Right organizing, it’s no surprise at all the members current and former, of local law enforcement have found a stage to offer their support as well. Republican State Senator Chris Kapenga was also in attendance and told Wisconsin Channel 12 News, “I did not hear him say that but I don’t know much about the Proud Boys.” Wisconsin already has an active Proud Boys chapter.

Feds Say Former U.S. Marine Nazis Active in Iron March Chats, Manufactured and Sold Firearms; Wanted to Target BLM

Liam Collins, an ex-Marine & Nazi, and Paul Kryscuk, a Nazi who lived in NY in 2019, met on the Nazi Ironmarch forum & recruited other Nazi Marines.

They discussed shooting up Black Lives Matter protests when they weren’t illegally altering/selling guns.https://t.co/X5fKOXnJQ6

— New York City Antifa (@NYCAntifa) November 22, 2020

Four men with ties to neo-Nazi organizing, three of whom previously served in the Marine Corps, were charged last week with manufacturing and distributing weapons in 2019. These men who called themselves “Death Squad” and were active in the IronMarch neo-Nazi forum where they traded antisemitic and racist memes, shared bigoted ideology, organized the acquisition and distribution of weapons and recruited for a “modern day SS.” IronMarch was the neo-Nazi forum from which gave birth to the accelerationist group Attomwaffen Division as well as Vanguard America, which re-branded into Patriot Front, among and several others.

According to a press release from the Eastern District of North Carolina’s Department of Justice, “This week, Paul James Kryscuk, 35, Liam Collins, 21, Jordan Duncan, 26, and Justin Wade Hermanson, 21, were charged via a superseding indictment obtained in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Collins and Duncan are former Marines assigned previously to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina.”

An article published by The News and Observer states, “Collins was born in Sweden but moved to New Jersey in high school and was stationed at Camp Lejeune from 2017 to 2020.” A separate article published by the Idaho Statesman indicates, “Collins spoke with Kryscuk over the site about the potential group, writing about the need for ‘laying the framework for a guerilla organization and a takeover of local government and industry,’ according to the superseding indictment. He added that they needed to buy property in remote areas that were ‘already predominantly white and right leaning, networking with locals, training, farming, and stockpiling.’”

Initially, Collins and Kryscuk were the primary members involved in the organization and acquisition of guns and gun parts, as well as the sale and distribution. After some time, Collins was able to successfully recruit Duncan and Hermanson into the operation. Also indicated in the press release, “…from May 2019 to the present, Collins made multiple money transfers through his personal account to Kryscuk to purchase firearms to include a 9mm pistol and suppressor and a short barrel rifle. In turn, Kryscuk purchased items from vendors to manufacture the firearms and suppressors.”

Eventually they relocated to a desert outside of Boise, Idaho to train. It was at this training camp that the four men made a propaganda video showing the group doing live-fire training with short-barrel and assault style rifles. The group wore skull masks and posed together while doing the Roman salute under an image of the black sun. The black sun, or Schwarze Sonne (sometimes called a sonnenrad), is a germanic/pagan symbol that has been widely used in neo-Nazi imagery. The text at the end of the video said “Come home white man.” Kryscuk’s car was reportedly seen at two separate Black Lives Matter protests over the summer and “[i]n October, Kryscuk and Duncan discussed shooting protesters in Boise.”

If convicted, Kryscuk and Collins face 20 years in prison, Hermanson faces 10 years, and Duncan faces five years.

Doxxes

Chadwick Jason Seagraves, Proud Boy of Garner, North Carolina

flyers went up on NC State campus reminding State students that Proud Boy Chadwick Jason Seagraves is STILL employed by NC State despite using his work time to dox and harass students with the intention of real life harm,

everyone on campus should be aware of this threat pic.twitter.com/sHOfPzrE3H

— Raleigh Antifascists (@oakcityAFA) November 23, 2020

Anonymous Comrades Collective came through with the identity of Proud Boy Chadwick Jason Seagraves. Seagraves, in addition to other alarming information, was discovered due to a massive data dump of information about leftist activists in Portland, Oregon and Asheville, North Carolina. Anonymous Comrades Collective were able to find Seagraves because his name was in the metatdata attached to the files in the data dump.

Seagraves works in IT for the libraries at North Carolina State University, where he has unfettered access to technology and databases. One of the ways ACC was able to connect Seagraves to the data was through a Twitter account @roosterghost, who, from time to time, would offer large amounts of information to big far-Right Twitter trolls and neo-Nazi collaborators like Jack Posobiec. ACC also indicates that based on timestamps, Seagraves spent a considerable amount of time at work, researching and compiling information on leftist activists, Black and Brown people and queer people.

It’s been SIX DAYS and @NCState still hasn’t fired their fascist “Proud Boy” IT manager!

Racist harasser Chadwick Jason Seagraves STILL has access to NCSU computer systems & students’ personal info!?

People feel unsafe. NC State University doesn’t seem to care. pic.twitter.com/3AteqaoleP

— Move Silent Sam (@Move_Silent_Sam) November 23, 2020

There is much more to this story, so please head over to Anonymous Comrade’s Collective’s blog for the rest. Those who want to take action, please consider reaching out to North Carolina State University and kindly ask them why they continue to employ a member of the far-Right pro-Trump street gang, the Proud Boys.

North Carolina State University
Phone: 919.515.2011
University Libraries Department

Edward Jeremy Dawson, Patriot Prayer Associate & Wife Michelle Dawson, Patriot Prayer Supporter of Tigard, Oregon

The man who repeatedly threatens and harasses a Portland journalist in this video from DC this Saturday is Jeremy Dawson (full name: Edward Jeremy Dawson), who, along with his wife Michelle Dawson, is a long-time supporter of Patriot Prayer. https://t.co/uBt1ltKyPB pic.twitter.com/SACTcFkD9u

— Always Antifascist (@RoseCityAntifa) November 17, 2020

Rose City Antifa released the identity of #MillionMAGAMarch attendee and misogynist, Edward Jeremy Dawson, a Patriot Prayer affiliate, and his wife Michelle Dawson of Tigard, Oregon. On November 13th, independent journalist Laura Jedeed was in Washington, DC to report on the #MillionMAGAMarch protests happening at the Capitol when Ashley McCauley, a Proud Boy affiliate from Portland, recognized her and immediately shouted, “This is Portland Antifa here!” Dawson then approached Jedeed, repeatedly hurled epithets at her and told her that he “looks forward to seeing [her] in the fucking lobby again.” This interaction incited more violent rhetoric from the crowd of angry MAGA supporters that had pretty quickly surrounded her, who then attacked Jedeed with thinly veiled violent and misogynistic threats.

Happy to report that Edward Jeremy Dawson, a Patriot Prayer associate who threatened a reporter on camera at the #MillionMAGAMarch, has been fired, according to his wife’s crying livestream.

Thank you to everyone who reached out to Charter Mechanical.
❤️🖤✊ https://t.co/QeQjVysNOB pic.twitter.com/wgzODvrLYy

— AntiFash 🎄”Deck the Heils”🎄Gordon (@AntiFashGordon) November 20, 2020

On November 20th, Dawson’s wife Michelle posted a widely-circulated video of herself weeping to the camera because Dawson had lost his job working for Charter Mechanical.

Alexander D. Wilkinson, Disinformation Troll & Fascist Bigot of Buenos Aires, Argentina

1. I’m pleased to introduce you to the man behind the fascist bigot @OrwellNGoode persona. He writes articles for disinfo site @NationalFile and has authored two books.

Meet Orwell N Goode aka Lionel Du Cane/Cain, but actually Alexander D. Wilkinson of Buenos Aries, Chile! pic.twitter.com/xoehuiWHjd

— The Rose Knows (@WhiteRoseAFA) November 22, 2020

Antifascist researcher and activist White Rose AFA released the identity of a writer for disinformation platform National File, Alexander D. Wilkinson. Wilkinson aka Orwell N Goode aka Lionel Du Cane/Cain has been hiding in plane sight amassing 125,000 followers on his now defunct twitter profile. Most of his followers are neo-Nazis. Many of his articles on social issues are just outlets for his hatred of the LGBTQ* community, Muslim people, and leftist activists. For more on Alexander, including screenshots of his posts and his connections to other fascist networks, head over to the thread.

Luke Kendrat, Nick Fuentes Stan and Far-Right Bigot of Leesburg, Virginia

Happy Birthday “Orthodoxy First” host Luke Kendrat (studying Ancient & Medieval History @GeorgeMasonU – Leesburg, VA). You stanned hard for your hero Nick Fuentes and then bragged about meeting him at the Million MAGA March on Twitter. How’s that working out for you? pic.twitter.com/KyDcapbKiL

— “Operation Rod Serling” 161 (@TwilightZoneAFA) November 23, 2020

Our comrades at Twilight Zone AFA have identified Luke Kendrat, a self-identified Christian Orthodox student at George Mason University who promotes racist, fascist, reactionary, and anti-Semitic ideas on social media. According to Twilight Zone AFA, Kendrat uses a similar style of reaching his followers as known white nationalist and Groyper leader Nick Fuentes, creating a webshow called “Orthodoxy First” where he works extensively to “red pill” members of the Eastern Orthodox Christian community of which he is a part.

Anti-Semitic post from Kendrat on his Instagram

Kendrat is apparently heavily influenced by Eastern Orthodox anti-Semite and ultra-nationalist fascist, Corneliu Codreanu. Codreanu was the founder and leader of the Iron Guard, which by the end of the 1930’s, was the third largest fascist movement in Europe and combined fascist ideology, anti-Semitism, and Orthodox Christian martyrdom.

Kendrat himself appears to be organizing Christian fascist meet-ups at his favorite church. pic.twitter.com/RbWdgwii6D

— “Operation Rod Serling” 161 (@TwilightZoneAFA) November 23, 2020

Kendrat spreads anti-Semitic conspiracy theories to his viewers and organizes meet-ups at his favorite Orthodox Christian Church. Those who are concerned about Luke Kendrat’s violent ideology and proximity to vulnerable community members are encouraged to kindly reach out to George Mason University and ask about their safety and discrimination policies.

George Mason: 1 (703) 993-1000
Their Twitter DMs are open

Like Codreanu, who believed Jews were synonymous with the Bolsheviks and thus the Soviet Union, Luke absolutely believes in the antisemitic conspiracy theory of Judeo-Bolshevism. Not surprising considering he worships a Holocaust denier. pic.twitter.com/OepqV19Cxt

— “Operation Rod Serling” 161 (@TwilightZoneAFA) November 23, 2020

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This Week In Fascism #83: Proud Boys Stab DC Residents; anti-BLM SWAT Cop, Oath Keepers Chats Reveal Drive for Violence

By This Week in Fascism

Welcome fellow antifascists!

We have some big stories this week. The trial for a Three Percenter militia member connected to a string of bombings begins, Unicorn Riot sheds light on the Oath Keepers militia pushing to engage in violence, an anti-BLM cop on the SWAT team, Proud Boys attack anti-Trump protesters in DC at the Millions MAGA March, and much more!

We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s dive in!

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Trial Begins for Michael Hari, Mastermind Responsible for 2017 Mosque Bombing

On Monday, November 9th, the trial for Michael Hari began. Hari, leader of the III%er cell called the “White Rabbit Three Percent Illinois Patriot Freedom Fighters Militia,” bombed the Dar Al-Farooq Mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota during 5:00 am morning prayer on August 5th, 2017. Hari, who at the time ran a security company who bid on Trump’s border wall, traveled with two accomplices, Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris from Charence, IL, to Bloomington, MN where, according to the Star Tribune, “Morris smashed a mosque window with a sledgehammer and threw inside a plastic container filled with diesel fuel and gasoline, then McWhorter tossed in a pipe bomb made from PVC pipe and black powder.”

Trial just started for Michael Hari of the “White Rabbit Three Percent Illinois Patriot Freedom Militia” who bombed a mosque in Bloomington, MN 3 yrs agohttps://t.co/zZKlC2srln

— Antifa Sacramento (@AntifaSac_) November 11, 2020

Luckily no one was physically injured in the attack but the bombing has caused irreparable damage to the feeling of safety and security within the Muslim community in Bloomington. Hari faces at least five charges including federal civil rights and hate crimes charges and weapons and arson charges as well. This isn’t the first time the White Rabbit cell has been involved in acts of domestic terror. The group also attempted to bomb a women’s clinic in Charence, IL but the explosives didn’t ignite. Allison Ethan, assistant U.S. attorney accurately describes Hari’s beliefs as anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-woman and far-Right.

According to the Star Tribune, “After the attack, and the attempted bombing of the clinic in Illinois, Hari adopted the name “White Rabbits.” He assigned military titles to members he recruited, and deemed himself “Captain.” Hari kept a “White Rabbits Handbook,” where he spelled out critiques of the American welfare system, public schools, immigrants, Muslims and more.”

Judge clears way for trial of accused Illinois White Rabbit militia leader Michael Harihttps://t.co/27oeqwPaE7

— Nick Martin (@nickmartin) December 21, 2019

According to the Huffington Post, “Hari has an extensive criminal record. He was found guilty of child abduction in 2006 after he took his daughters to Central America because he worried he’d lose custody. He was tracked down by an investigator for the “Dr. Phil” show and was later sentenced to 30 months of probation.”

Given how the far-Right operates, it’s not a surprise that Hari’s bigotry is multifaceted. His hatred of women, Muslim people, immigrants and Black and Brown people is not exceptional. It’s integral to far-Right organizing. It’s also not surprising that given how Trump has emboldened bigotry and allowed it to become a part of mainstream dialogue (Trump himself is known for espousing far-right talking points), that acts of violence in the name of nationalism, white pride and a desire to go back to the mythical time of traditional values.

For more information on the III% Militia, check out this excellent thread by our comrades Antifa Sac.

Oath Keepers Seem to Love Plotting to Murder People More than the ‘Constitution’

Autonomous media collective Unicorn Riot has released a collection of chat logs and video records from the far-Right militia the Oath Keepers, made up largely of ex-military and law enforcement and led by Steward Rhodes. The Oath Keepers are known for promoting outlandish conspiracy theories, doing security at far-Right and neo-Nazi rallies, and also claiming that they will be ready to fight in a civil war at the drop of a hat.

According to Unicorn Riot:

Following the presidential election of Joe Biden, a new pinned message appeared in the Oath Keepers’ secret RocketChat forum in a channel entitled “It’s Time to Go Underground.”

Let’s all take a step back for a moment and understand that the media relishes when one of us fights back. How about we all sit back and ‘peacefully’ start visiting the homes of democratic politicians and media personalities so they can see how it feels when people with differing opinions disrupt their lives,” the pinned message read.

The statement by the Oath Keepers captures the growing agitation among far-right networks. While militias have always engaged in plausible deniability rhetoric of ‘self-defense’, they’ve increasingly come to interpret nearly anything as an attack – and their desire to fight has shifted from generalized fantasy toward specific targets.

While the far-right has never enjoyed the mainstream media, they now discuss targeting them openly. “Why hasn’t anyone talked about the Media,” asked Oath Keeper ‘Rsmutny’. “I think they have to be a main target of ours.”

I agree,” added RocketChat user ‘BradfordCountyPA’. “It’s not freedom of speech when sedition is the goal and lies are the means. If we don’t take action we’ll all be going to the gulag.

In the forum hosted at oathkeepersnational.org, members escalate their rhetoric and egg each other on. There are few, if any, attempts to de-escalate the calls to violent action.

Either we start fighting back or we lose forever,” wrote Oath Keeper bonsaiisuperstar (real name Michael Ottis Wilson of Lebanon, Ohio). “You bleed a little now or a lot laterEither we kill them or they kill us.”

In his profile on Parler, a newer ‘free speech’ social network serving as a hub for far-right disinformation, Wilson wrote that it was “time to start executing lefties openly and violently” and “to start killing the news media live on air.” As of this writing, he is still active in the Oath Keepers chats and his account is still live on Parler.

Tom Metzger, Notorious Neo-Nazi & KKK Boss, Dead at 82

On November 4th, White Aryan Resistance, a website operated by notorious neo-Nazi and KKK leader Tom Metzger announced the white supremacist leader’s death. A paid death notice also appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune, which failed to mention Metzger’s political activities, including his Ku Klux Klan leadership, extensive ties to racist violence, and self-identification as a national socialist. Alongside KKK leader David Duke, Metzger established the Klan Border Patrol, which targeted Mexican migrants crossing the border. He founded White Aryan Resistance after splitting from the KKK.

The Times of San Diego notes that in 1980, Metzger ran for Congress and won his Democratic primary race, only to lose the general election miserably after his candidacy was disavowed by the party. He ran for Senate and Congress on two other occasions, never succeeding.

Metzger’s White Aryan Resistance organization were pioneers in using communications technologies to route around mainstream media (he was big on telephone hotlines with recordings) and he was an influential proponent of “leaderless resistance” and “lone wolf” attacks

— Jason Wilson (@jason_a_w) November 11, 2020

In 1990, Metzger was ordered to pay $5 million in punitive damages for inciting East Side White Pride’s racially motivated killing of an Ethiopian immigrant named Mulugeta Seraw. (Jim McElroy, the civil rights lawyer who collected the verdict, sold Metzger’s home to a Latinx family and brought Seraw’s son to the United States, eventually adopting him helping him attend grad school to become a pilot.) According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Metzger also ran into legal trouble for attending a cross burning in 1982, violating Canadian immigration law by traveling there to “promote race hatred,” and for connections to a 2009 mail bomb attack in Arizona.

The only tragedy here is that Tom Metzger didn’t face more justice while he was alive. The feds investigated his ties to multiple bombings nationwide but were never able to bring a criminal case against him.

— Nick Martin (@nickmartin) November 10, 2020

The fact that Metzger was never brought to justice despite connections to multiple acts of terrorism demonstrates the inability of the right-wing State apparatus to stop the creep of fascist violence, and highlights the importance of antifascist organizing and community defense. Metzger was a hateful, disgusting individual and the damage caused by his influence is incalculable. Rest in piss, Nazi scum!

Paul Waggener and Operation Werewolf

Shane Burley has published an in-depth exploration of Paul Waggener’s fascist self-help grift “Operation Werewolf.” The small business empire, which peddles a webzine, books, workout routines, and clothing, among other things, grew out of the right-wing Odinist group Wolves of Vinland, co-founded in 2007 by Paul Waggener and his brother. Wolves of Vinland preached a white supremacist form of Asatru, and placed heavy emphasis on fight training and self-improvement. While they didn’t openly state their racism and disguised their fascism as apolitical, Wolves of Vinland only allowed white members and used racial slurs in private conversations.

The “Wolves Of Vinland” and “Operation Werewolf” are building up a Fascist Counter-Culture from @RoseCityAntifa https://t.co/lwlOJaBv71

— It’s Going Down (@IGD_News) December 12, 2016

In 2015 Waggener launched Operation Werewolf, which encouraged men to work toward “physical excellence.” He began using the platform to publish his writing, sell merchandise, and release his music and training programs, demanding money from his followers each time they advance to a higher level of membership. Operation Werewolf has ties to violent neo-Nazi groups like American Front, Atlanta-based white nationalist heathen group Ravensblood Kindred, Wotan Network and other folkish groups. Much like the James Mason and the accelerrationist terrorists in Atomwaffen Division, Waggener admires Charles Manson and portrays him favorably as a “spiritual outlaw.” Waggener does not shy away from violence, encouraging combat training and firearm ownership, and putting out guides that discuss how to create improvisational weapons. The group’s tribalism and emphasis on physical strength means that they are actively preparing for violent, revolutionary situations, ready to defend their in-group from threats at all costs. Despite all this, OW still has a large following on YouTube, Instagram, and Telegram. Earlier this year, Waggener announced that Operation Werewolf was shutting down, but he continues to collect large sums of money from his white supremacist fans and use his social media influence to advance fascism and male chauvinism.

Burley’s reporting highlights how the fascist’s emphasis on hierarchy and tribal supremacy lends itself to internal competition, grifting, and predatory behavior within the far-Right movement. By positioning himself as a leader and peddling false promises of unbeatable strength and self-mastery, Waggener is scamming and preying upon the very people who share his political beliefs and goals.

Violent Right-Wing Attacks at DC’s #MillionMAGAMarch

This weekend over five thousand Trump supporters,, QAnon believers, Proud Boys, and other fascists gathered in the streets of Washington D.C. to support Trump’s coup attempt, alledging that the president had actually won the election to Joe Biden. Local activists mobilized to counter-protest and protect the community from far-right attacks in response to the march.

Unsurprisingly, a number of Nazis were present at the protest, including Baked Alaska (Tim Gionet), Nick Fuentes, and Vincent James.

Three neo-Nazi grifters and Charlottesville marchers Baked Alaska, Vincent James, and Nick Fuentes at #MillionMAGAMarch2020. https://t.co/Fz1EjpyzzF

— It’s Going Down (@IGD_News) November 14, 2020

Members of the crowd destroyed Black Lives Matter signs, chanted “America first,” “Groyper,” and flashed white supremacist hand symbols, as seen in the video below.

the crowd is chanting “america first!” and “USA! USA!” as several among the crowd make white supremacist hand gestures pic.twitter.com/RYhwqWFUAE

— Mac William Bishop (@MacWBishop) November 15, 2020

The protests become violent on Saturday night, when three people were stabbed by Proud Boys and one journalist was attacked by right wing protesters, requiring medical attention. One of the victims, independent journalist Talia Jane, was slashed in the ear by Proud Boy, Dane Menough.

Say hello to Dane Menough, a Proud Boy whose credits include targeting and suckerpunching me, a 5 foot tall journalist, who did not fall.

He escorted Alex Jones through DC in the afternoon. After assaulting me, he proceeded to hang out at the national monument in the same attire https://t.co/mOuabBMesF pic.twitter.com/MfmfNIBzeb

— TALIA JANE (NOT LAVIN) (@itsa_talia) November 15, 2020

I am home, and I am safe (even if maced)
I wish I could say the same for everyone else
Proud Boys charged us and started swinging, macing people, and one stabbed a girl who must have been only like 5’4
I did my best to get for medics
Thanks to everyone who helped keep me safe♥️

— Dylan Burns🕊️ (@DylanBurns1776) November 15, 2020

It comes as no surprise that this march erupted in violence. In the lead up to Saturday’s clashes, Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio tweeted “DC Antifa ends tonight.”

Getting multiple reports that three Trump protesters were stabbed by Proud Boys in DC earlier tonight. The leader of the group, Enrique Tarrio, posted this on the far-Right social media platform, Parler. #DC #ProudBoys #MarchForTrump pic.twitter.com/nWE8A0VhiK

— It’s Going Down (@IGD_News) November 15, 2020

Proud Boys were seen at the rally wearing shirts that stated “Stand back and stand by,” a reference to Trump’s orders to the hate group at the first presidential debate earlier this fall.

Proud Boys wearing, “Stand Back, Stand By” shirts in reference to Donald Trump’s comments. Their violent actions tonight in which several people were reportedly stabbed and at least one person was hospitalized in critical care show that they believe Trump has unleashed them. pic.twitter.com/v28l13si0G

— It’s Going Down (@IGD_News) November 15, 2020

According to anti-Trump counter-demonstrators, the cops stood back while the Proud Boys and fascists assaulted community members. No tear gas or riot munitions were deployed. Yet, earlier on Saturday at an unrelated protest, a peaceful crowd of school nurses were threatened with arrest by DC police for gathering on a sidewalk to demand a say in school reopenings. The police permit fascist attacks in our communities, but draw the line when workers, overwhelmingly women of color, take to the streets to protest the state’s mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic, proving once again that the only thing they protect and serve is the interest of capital.

Out today with school nurses asking to have their voices heard in school reopening. Fourth District officers threatened this crowd with arrest unless they dispersed. @NursesHealDC pic.twitter.com/5RUtyM6RF3

— Evan Yeats (@Evan_Yeats) November 14, 2020

Doxxes

Zachary Pickering, Proud Boy of Cranston, Rhode Island

1/ Meet Zachary Pickering, of Cranston, Rhode Island. He’s a former military member who works private security for rightwing radio host @JohnDePetroShow.

In secret, he’s a Proud Boy who wears a mask when wears the group’s colors, but that won’t save him here. pic.twitter.com/z0J3tu1WNw

— AntiFash Gordon (@AntiFashGordon) November 10, 2020

Antifascist researcher Antifash Gordon has released the identity of Rhode Island Proud Boy and security guard Zackary Pickering. Pickering works as private security for right-wing radio troll John DePetro of the John DePetro Show. DePetro is known for seeking out Rhode Island to get protest footage and incite violence and panic.

DePetro accidentally doxxed Pickering when he panned the camera over to Pickering and thanked him using his full name. More and more members of the far-right are finding themselves gainfully employed providing private security for right-wing media personalities, politicians, and for events. Rhode Island residents are asked to look out for Pickering, as he is a member of a violent, SPLC-designated hate group.

Glenn Thomas Greer, MyMilitia Member of Dandridge, Tennessee

ok, i’m up. i’ve had some coffee. i’ve sat in front of my depression lamp for a bit. let’s see how many we can knock out in between meetings today. https://t.co/SIHpb4YBZV

— molly conger (@socialistdogmom) November 11, 2020

Antifascist activist Molly Conger released the identity of MyMilitia member Glenn Thomas Greer. MyMilitia is a networking site where militia members and members of the far-right to proselytize, organize and spread their violent fantasies over the last few weeks building up to and over the course of the election. According to internet hosting records obtained by The Guardian, MyMilitia was registered to Ohio Conservative Chad Embrey in 2016. “The website is one of several domains Embrey has bought related to the militia movement. Embrey’s expressed goals for the website include changing the “negative perception” of militias and assisting communities “from all threats foreign or domestic”.”

The site has been used to platform violent members of the far-right, including Michael Hari, an Illinois militia member who bombed a mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota in 2017. Hari used the site to energize it’s members into other acts of stochastic terror.

Last week, Molly Conger and a handful of other antifascists and researchers monitored the site for threats to polling places, vote-counting locations and other possible targets for far-right violence. As members became more emboldened, Conger and her collaborators traced their identities and shared them on twitter in hopes to thwart possible violence. Glenn Thomas Greer used the platform to espouse his desire for violence, which comes as absolutely no surprise given his domestic abuse charges, which according to Conger, includes aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and abduction.

Sgt. Eric Suess, Neo-Nazi Cop of Front Royal, Virginia

2/ Tonight, in order to keep our communities safe, we need to introduce you to SWAT Team Leader, Sgt Eric Suess of Front Royal, Virgina. @eric_suess pic.twitter.com/ZeUyW1rYyS

— Firestorm on Fascism 🏴🏴 (Content Warning) (@AntifascistF12) November 11, 2020

Antifascist researcher Firestorm on Fascism released the identity of neo-Nazi Sargeant Eric Suess of the Front Royal, Virginia. Suess is a SWAT team leader who uses his social media accounts like Twitter to constantly threaten violence toward Black Lives Matter and antifascist protesters. Suess has a lot of anger and isn’t shy about his violent fantasies. According to Firestorm on Fascism, Suess also uses his accounts to espouse racism toward Black and Brown people, especially as it relates to racialized policing. This isn’t the first far-Right cop we’ve encountered and probably won’t be the last, but Front Royal, Virginia continues to put their residents in greater danger by allowing this man to continue working is such a position of power.

Christopher Joseph Moster, Neo-Nazi from Denton, Texas

1/ Meet Christopher Joseph Moster (aka Chris Joe, “Monster”), 32, of Denton, Texas. Chris is a wannabe-bandidos Nazi. Let’s get to know Chris Moster shall we! pic.twitter.com/pqBCmqCkRq

— Antifascist Trash Panda ↙️↙️↙️🦝 (@trashpandaAFA) November 12, 2020

Antifascist researcher Antifascist Trash Panda identified Denton, Texas resident and neo-Nazi Christopher Joseph Moster. Moster aka Chris Jo aka Monster, rides around the Denton area on his motorcycle sporting a helmet with a swastika on it. According to Antifascist Trash Panda, when explaining the swastika, Moster claims that its a symbol for “Nordic enlightenment for peace and well-being.” What a strange hill to die on, Chris, especially given that his Facebook URL has two extra H’s at the end of it, a neo-Nazi dog-whistle that stands for Heil Hitler.

According to criminal records obtained by Antifascist Trash Panda, Moster’s ex had to file a protection order against him. Moster was also charged with “indecent with child sexual contact.” Misogyny and abuse is an integral part of far-right organizing. Antifascist Trash Panda asks folks who are inclined to please reach out to Moster’s employer “Sturm Welding” and kindly ask if they are aware of Moster’s neo-Nazi beliefs. At this time we have no indication that they are aware of his violent, far-Right ideology.

Phone: (940) 686-2492
Website: https://www.sturmwelding.com/contact

Trevor Turnbow, Violent Trump Supporter of Arlington, Texas

1/ Meet Trevor Turnbow, 32, of Arlington, TX. Trevor is the Trump supporter who jumped out of his MAGA truck today in Downtown Dallas and assaulted a small, young woman who was counter-protesting. pic.twitter.com/i5NidwpnbK

— Antifascist Trash Panda ↙️↙️↙️🦝 (@trashpandaAFA) November 15, 2020

Antifascist Trash Panda brings us our final ID of the week with Trevor Turnbow of Arlington, Texas. Turnbow came to the attention of antifascists when he assaulted a young girl who was counter-protesting a Trump caravan event. In the video, Turnbow becomes enraged at the young women, exits his vehicle, runs over to her, pushes her, steals her skateboard and proceeds to try to break it before getting back into his truck and driving off. Turnbow was easily identified by the giant “Turnbow Construction” sticker on the back of his trailer. Trevor Turnbow, owner of Turnbow Construction is a violent, short-fused, Trump supporter who has no problem assaulting young women. He and his business should be avoided.

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